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Grays Harbor (Westport) Light

Location: south of the entrance to Grays Harbor adjacent to Westport Light State Park near Westport, WA
Photo by: Jim Tracy
Source: USBeacons

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About Grays Harbor (Westport) Light


The location of the light is south of the entrance to Grays Harbor adjacent to Westport Light State Park. The nearest city is Westport, WA. The station was first established in 1898. The current lighthouse was first lit in 1898.

The lighthouse is a white octagonal tower.

The tower has alternating white and red lights at a focal plane height of 123 ft above mean high water. The light has a nominal range of 20 nautical miles. The tower height is 107 ft. The light has a period of 30 seconds.

Open to the Public?: By Appointment    Active?: Yes

Identification number: 6-720 (U.S.)

Range: White sector 20nm, Red sector 18nm.

0.1s W fl 14.9s ec.
0.1s R fl 14.9s ec.

Grays Harbor Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in Washington and the third tallest on the West Coast.

An 'alternating' light is a light showing different colors as it rotates. So in the 30 second period, the light alternates between white and red every 15 seconds.

Grays Harbor (Westport) Light was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on Nov. 2, 1977, reference number 77001333.

NOTE: Sectors of colored glass are placed in the lanterns of some lights in order to produce a system of light sectors of different colors. In general, red sectors are used to mark shoals or to warn the mariner of other obstructions to navigation or of nearby land. Such lights provide approximate bearing information, since observers may note the change of color as they cross the boundary between sectors.

Photo by: Jim Tracy
Source: USBeacons
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